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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Olsen: The quiet revolutionary
Morten Olsen
Olsen played more than 100 times for the national team
Morten Olsen's reign as Denmark coach might have started less than convincingly, but since he took over in July 2000, the national team has undergone an impressive transformation.

Olsen was brought in to replace Swede Bo Johansson, who had steered the Danes to the 1998 World Cup finals in France and the European Championships two years later.

The 53-year-old's initial results in charge - a narrow win over Iceland and a draw with Northern Ireland in their opening World Cup qualifiers - caused some concern.

But Olsen's tenacious attacking tactics and wealth of experience soon paid off as Denmark qualified in style, finishing top of their group and unbeaten.

Olsen factfile
PERSONAL
Born: 14/08/1949
Nationality: Danish

PLAYING CAREER
Club level: 1957-1989
International level: 1970-89 (102 caps)

COACHING CAREER
1990: Begins coaching at Brondby
1992: Undertakes coaching qualification
1993-95: Coaches at Cologne in Germany
1997-99: Takes job at Ajax
2000: Becomes Denmark team boss

The Dane certainly knows his stuff, which is not surprising as he has been involved in football nearly all his life.

Olsen was born in 1940 and had already secured a place on Danish side Vordingborg's books eight years later.

In 1970, he moved to another club, B 1901, and played the first of 102 games for his country at senior level.

His career soon took him from Denmark to Belgium, where he played for Cercle Brugge KV, Racing White and Anderlecht until the mid-1980s.

He saw out his late thirties as a central defender for Cologne in Germany and, at almost 40, represented Denmark for the final time in 1989.

A year later, Olsen returned to Denmark to begin his coaching career at Brondby before taking his coaching qualification in Germany in 1992.

A subsequent spell back at Cologne followed and then, in 1997, he made the big move to Dutch giants Ajax, who won the league title the next year.

After taking over from Johansson in 2000, Olsen put his experience as a player and coach into practice, launching a quiet revolution in the national set-up.

His key changes included bringing in national hero Michael Laudrup as assistant coach and replacing legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel with Thomas Sorensen.

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